Why nature vs. nurture should just go awayAnnual Meeting of the Tennessee Association for Behavior Analysis
Document TypeConference Presentation
OrganizationTennessee Association for Behavior Analysis
Date of Presentation10-1-2006
AbstractNature or nurture? Most modern theorists stress the importance of both nature and nurture, preferring instead to question how much of a role each plays in the development of any given trait (physical or behavioral) rather than to question which is reponsible for a specific trait or which is responsible for traits in general. Although seemingly prudent, such a line of inquiry is as flawed as an either/or conceptualization of the debate. The present paper will discuss why this is so by 1) providing a clearer conceptualization of "environment" at two levels of analysis (macro-level and micro-level), 2) providing examples of the complex interaction of the environment and genes with respect to various physical traits, and 3) providing examples of the interaction of genes and the environment with respect to behavior.
Citation InformationMatthew P. Normand. "Why nature vs. nurture should just go away" Annual Meeting of the Tennessee Association for Behavior Analysis (2006)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/matthew-normand/60/